A state Senate bill that would require any girl younger than 18 to notify her parent or guardian before having an abortion will soon get a hearing.
The measure would require that one parent or guardian receive 48 hours notice from the medical professional or agency intending to provide the abortion.
The bill will be heard in the Senate Law and Justice Committee, which is chaired by the bill’s sponsor, Sen. Mike Padden, R-Spokane Valley. All members of the Republican-controlled committee are listed among the bill’s 18 co-sponsors except for the three Democratic members. Local Sens. Curtis King, R-Yakima, Janea Holmquist Newbry, R-Moses Lake, and Jim Honeyford, R-Sunnyside, are also co-sponsors.
“This bill wouldn’t prohibit an underage girl from having an abortion, but it would make sure a parent or guardian has the chance to have that conversation,” Padden said in a news release.
Padden went on to suggest he has popular support for the bill by citing a recent survey commissioned by the anti-abortion group Human Life of Washington, which says 65 percent of people were in favor of “a proposal along the lines of SB 5156.”
The survey was conducted by Moore Information, Inc., an opinion research company in Portland, Ore., that lists dozens of Republican officeholders and conservative organizations among its primary clientele.
While there was no mention of the relevance of the date in the news release, the announcement comes on the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the landmark Jan. 22, 1973, Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion in the United States.